Anderson Silva: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

E. Spencer KyteSenior Analyst IJanuary 24, 2010

With his recent remarks about Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen inserted himself into a discussion he deserved to be a part of from the beginning.

While many are looking ahead to a rematch between the middleweight champion and Nate Marquardt, the former King of Pancrase first has to get through Sonnen, the long-time Team Quest member who has become the forgotten man in discussions of the UFC Middleweight division.

While Sonnen certainly doesn't deserve to be overlooked heading into his bout with Marquardt at UFC 109, his decision to call out a man who resides atop many pound-for-pound rankings seems questionable, and could be bad for his health.

Yes, there is a strong likelihood that Anderson Silva has a better command of the English language than he lets on.

This is not news; Sonnen is not the first to wonder whether a greater level of understanding and aptitude reside behind Silva's devilish grin, and definitely won't be the last.

Now, ask me if I care?

Unlike Chael Sonnen, Anderson Silva does his talking in the cage.

While the former Olympic alternate and collegiate wrestling champion is riding a nice two-fight winning streak, when you put his resume next to that of the man he ripped into earlier this week, you can't help but shake your head.

While his mastery of the English language is up for debate, the dominance exhibited by the reigning UFC Middleweight champion once the cage door closes is not.

Simply put, Anderson Silva is a bad, bad man.

11 straight wins. 10-0 in the UFC. Five consecutive title defenses.

During his three-and-a-half year run as arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Silva has laid waste to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin twice, mutli-divisional Pride champion (and Team Quest co-founder) Dan Henderson , and Sonnen's upcoming opponent, Nate Marquardt.

Does Chael Sonnen not have Internet access or something? Has he not been paying attention?

Because he's bored, and already cleaned out the middleweight division, Silva dabbles at light heavyweight from time-to-time as well. He also likes to remind people of his dominance in impressive fashion, which he did in his last foray into the 205-pound division.

After two uneventful performances in a row, many (myself included, admittedly) wondered if Silva was still the same lethal striker who burst onto the scene by out-striking Chris Leben.

A little over three minutes into his fight at UFC 101, the questions had been answered loud and clear, as "The Spider" embarrassed former Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.

For the record, this is the same Forrest Griffin who submitted Chael Sonnen two years before The Ultimate Fighter would turn the best-selling author into a household name.

While it is entirely possible to look at Anderson Silva's decision to have Ed Soares do the majority of the talking, it's not his eloquence on the microphone or penchant for soundbytes than have made Silva an icon in the sport.

Some, like Chael Sonnen, use tough talk to draw attention away from decent records devoid of anything truly noteworthy.

Anderson Silva doesn't say much at all.

The collection of championship-caliber fighters he's left crumpled in the cage says enough.